Thursday, 23 March 2017

I'm supposed to be...

...working, right?  But I get into the studio, and can't help following all those questions I have about whether this technique would work with that material.

As addicted to Gelli printing as I am, I was watching a video about faux marbling by Birgit Koopsen who achieved a fabulous effect using frayed hemp.  Now John may have hemp rope in the garage, but in the current state of flooding, that building was temporarily off limits, so I pulled out some cobweb to try instead.

While the first two prints look a little gloppy,



I finally remembered to pull the cobweb material much finer, and this first print, with four layers of paint, looks pretty delicious.


The ghost print from the same series, is yummy too,


and the haunt print has picked up some lovely undertones of blue from the first couple of prints.  I LOVE it when that happens!


Naturally, I'll save the painted cobweb for something interesting too - maybe a journal page, or added to the crazy bathroom curtains I have on the go, or what if I saved it for the original intention, and created a really unique Halloween display?


Stay tuned - you know it's going to go SOMEWHERE!  Where are you going with your artwork? What's got your creative juices flowing?  Do post a link in your comments so we can check it out!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Playtime is the best...

...time, don't you think?

Good friend and fellow artist Laura Leeder stopped by this past week for some playtime in the studio.  We'd been wanting to experiment with different uses for gesso, and we tore right into it.

Laura washing over a stenciled gesso floral...look at those wonderful colours!

The top leaves on the journal spread have been pounced through a stencil with gesso,
and then washed over with a pale acrylic.

This sienna-toned magazine page was stenciled with gesso,
and then washed over with quinacridone orange acrylic.

These images were stamped on to watercolour paper with gesso,
dried and then washed over with acrylics.

A credit card was used to push gesso through the stencil
before applying a wash or two.

Gesso was thickly applied and then distressed with a heat gun.
Washes of alcohol ink and ultramarine acrylic inks were applied.
White gesso was patted on with a paper towel over the black
gesso...nice pattern, right?

A house wrap stencil was used to apply the design,
and then it was spritzed with  Dylusions spray.

Laura's piece at the end of the session...I
suspect there will be more layers!
It was a most entertaining morning, and I hope we can do it again - soon!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Well, wasn't The Box Project...

...an amazing show?  It's come and gone, and it was mind-boggling.  You can see the start of this year's action here and here, and in this post, some amazing works by local artists.

Here are some of my favourites:



Madonna of the Discarded, Alison Masters, side view showing both the vacuum cleaner version and painting.

Madonna of the Discarded, Alison Masters, showcasing vacuum cleaner version




This raving beauty is by Andrea Revoy!

Part of the 'I Was Here' project by Alison Masters.  It included Gelli prints, clay and paintings



Laura Leeder with her lovely painting

Win Dinn with her Valley Fortune boxes

This rooster by Anne Fetterly was a knockout

Maureen's goddess was fabulous...check out the shoulders and mid-section especially.


Gorgeous clay by Lorene Lyons



There were so many wonderful pieces, it was truly hours of looking and drooling.  Were my camera skills only up to the challenge of photographing amidst the crowds that saw the show.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Some time back...

...I promised you more photos from my December trip to China, and thought I'd let you see these fabulous paintings from a gallery in Shanghai.  I could hardly stop taking photos for they were so richly detailed, intricate and amazingly opulent.  You'll see details of some of them just below the full picture - stunning!



















The embroidery silk alone is sumptuous beyond imagination...like a kid in a candy shop I couldn't stop looking.


While the quality of some of the photos leaves something to be desired due to their glass casings, I hope you've enjoyed seeing this work as much as did I.  Being somewhat patience-challenged, I was agog at the thought of an artist sitting over works of this magnitude, and in awe of their skill and perseverance.

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